March 16, 2019

Tommy Robinson vs Cambridgeshire Constabulary: Establishment just fine with unrestricted police powers

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I talked about my experience in the UK covering Tommy Robinson's latest court case suing the Cambridgeshire Constabulary for harassing him and his family in the summer of 2016.

Tommy had travelled up to Cambridge with a friend, and they had each brought their young kids to watch Luton play Cambridge at a pub.

That day, the police came into the pub and told Tommy: Leave now, or you’ll get arrested.

Tommy asked why; they didn’t answer; he asked again; they responded that if he kept asking, they’d arrest him by serving him with a “section 35 dispersal notice,” a fancy way of saying: being arrested for “anti-social behaviour.”

That’s a thing in the UK. So are things like reporters being asked to show that they’re registered and judges and police contemplating future crimes, I guess.

A lot of things did (and didn't) happen during this trial that left me feeling depressed, and angry.

So has the verdict: The judge ruled against Tommy, and not only did she throw out his lawsuit, but Tommy has to pay the lawyer for the police; and he has to pay the police themselves, a total of £38,000 pounds which is over CDN$60,000.

It's sad that the UK has allowed itself to be governed by laws that allow police to simply arrest anyone for anything at any time — for what future crimes they might “possibly” commit. Of course that’s going to be abused by bully cops.

But even sadder was the general political-media culture: that to the establishment — to lawyers, politicians, the media, the courts, everyone — having unrestricted police powers is just fine.

P.S. See all of Ezra Levant's reports at TommyTrial.com.

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commented 2019-03-19 12:37:57 -0400
“Al Peterson commented 2 days ago
More of that babies-are-parasites logic for you to mull over. "

Have I said anything wrong, or do you require more “mulling” to figure something out? He was released on suspended sentences, which means he has to obey the conditions of his release, which may well be rather strict, much like they are if you’re on probation, parole, or bail.
commented 2019-03-18 22:12:57 -0400
Perhaps not.
commented 2019-03-18 10:39:11 -0400
Ron, I see your point but the real point is that they are using financial persecution to try to
silence and ruin him.
commented 2019-03-17 19:01:48 -0400
With respect to the total of £38,000, I now understand that amount is somewhat exaggerated. I received an email the other day from Tommy wherein he said, “To top it all off the costs of which I am now ordered to pay, which have also been inflated by the Police, are in excess of £40,000! Which is made up of £20,000 ordered to be paid within 14 days then reverting to over £40,000 if that deadline is not met.”
commented 2019-03-17 11:13:24 -0400
Why restrict Tweets during the trial? They are still going to come out after the trail (for now) and the legal system will still look like the Soviet show trials.
commented 2019-03-17 11:11:43 -0400
When the evidence contradicts the desired outcome, ignore the evidence.
commented 2019-03-16 20:09:31 -0400
More of that babies-are-parasites logic for you to mull over.
commented 2019-03-16 13:38:29 -0400
Robinson’s out on probation/suspended sentences for previous crimes, isn’t he? That means he’s not actually a free man and his experience doesn’t reflect on that of non-criminals.
commented 2019-03-16 12:43:28 -0400
The world is watching, this is simply fanning the flames of Populism’s rise.
commented 2019-03-16 10:52:12 -0400
Not only are the establishment fine with unrestricted police powers the average voter must be ,as well. These loons didn’t get power with a coup. They were voted in. Just like our disgrace of a PM.

“If the people haven’t suffered enough, it is their God-given right to suffer some more”.
William Aberhart